We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am
Last week we had a great day for visiting high viewpoints and decided to head south to Twin Peaks which has a couple of the highest viewpoints on the Trekkers hiking trails. We found the trail to be in fairly good shape with no more of the tremendous wind damage the trees had suffered not too long ago.
My photo this time is of a shrub I found growing at the high tide line during our hike along Crescent Bay beach earlier this month. I was surprised to see it in this location as it's very often found forming dense thickets in some of our wetlands. You may have noticed when driving the main road between Van Anda and Gillies Bay lots of multi-stemed bushes with red stems and not realised this is a relative of the BC flower the native white dogwood. Also native the Red-osier Dogwood does also have white flowers, but in this species they form tight heads with a large number of quite small white flowers very different in shape to those of its much larger relative. The word osier comes from the name given to kinds of willow in Europe that can be used for basket making.
Red-osier Dogwood - Cornus stolonifera at Crescent Bay beach.